The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

UK Museums on the Web, Part the First

We have had a lovely welcome to the morning by Ross Parry and Gail Durbin, Head of V&A Online. The aims of this conference are manifold and interesting. In recognition,

A theme for the conference is chosen every year. After last year's rather technical subject 'The Semantic Web', the aim of this year is to return to the world of museums and to engage with the social, situated, and sensory aspects of the interaction of museums and the web.

In a world hit with recession, it may be difficult for people to engage with technologies - but perhaps those technologies can also provide the way to solve problems and get involved with people who can help - or to help themselves. Tied in with the Jodi Awards, accessibility is key.

The web is changing. It is becoming embedded in many things all around us. There are many material ways of engaging with online content - far more than ever before. Let us see where the ideas can take us.

More to Come...

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